It is July, three months after Lara’s 17th birthday and a week before Charles and Diana’s royal wedding, and Lara is about to exchange the exhaust fumes of London for the Tuscan hillsides, as she leaves on a summer holiday with her distant, charismatic father.
At Via Campanelli they are greeted by the cool, elegant Caroline, whose sardonic composure leaves Lara tongue-tied and awkward. But as Lara’s skin begins to turn golden, she finds herself relaxing, seduced by the limpid beauty of the place. To her delight, the villa’s closest neighbours turn out to be the contagiously adventurous Willoughbys, the teenaged brood of expat British millionaire Lord Andrew Willoughby. Though thrown by the glamour and noisy ebullience of the family, Lara is drawn to Kip, a carelessly beautiful boy a couple of years older than she is. That holiday spent under the spell of the Willoughbys will leave her transformed.
Love Falls is a riveting novel about how one summer can change everything. This is a story written from inside the mind and heart of a girl, delicately carved and achingly honest in its portrayal of self-discovery. British critics have called Esther Freud “the best writer on childhood we have.”Love Falls proves them right.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Esther Freud is the great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud and the daughter of the painter Lucian Freud. She trained as an actress before writing her first novel. Her books have been translated into thirteen languages. She lives in London.From Publishers Weekly:
Freud, who is Sigmund Freud's great-granddaughter and Lucien Freud's daughter, echoes some of the autobiographical material that enlivened her debut and biggest success, Hideous Kinky, in this sixth novel. Lara, 17, is already a veteran of a transformative journey to the Far East with her mother as she sets out on a very different trip, from London to Italy with her reclusive father, Lambert. Lara's adolescent turns of mind, her changing relationship with Lamb and her utterly contradictory (and utterly human) desires to be both in the world and safe at home make for a surprising and convincing character study. But Freud's engaging, insightful writing is undermined by antique plot devices: is Lamb also the father of Kip Willoughby, the cute boy at the adjacent villa? Was Kip conceived in an act of sexual revenge? Did the Willoughbys' grandfather once renege on a promise to bring Lara's grandparents out of WWII Germany? Still, the soap-opera drama doesn't ruin the book: one wants to remain with Freud's lively voice and to see what Lara makes of it all. (Dec.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Canada, Limited, 2007. Book Condition: Good. First Edition. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP65951301
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Canada, Limited, 2007. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP18651081
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Appearance of only slight previous use. Cover and binding show a little wear. All pages are undamaged with potentially only a few, small markings. Bookseller Inventory # G0002008653I4N00
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Canada, Limited, 2007. Book Condition: Good. First Edition. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP87492761
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Canada, Limited, 2007. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Softcover. Sound & good copy, light to moderate rubbing/edgewear to wraps. Bookseller Inventory # 811546n
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Canada, Limited, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New unread, remainder mark. very minor shelf wear, otherwise excellent condition. Bookseller Inventory # 014131
Book Description Harper Collins, Toronto, 2007. Soft cover. Book Condition: As New. small chip to corner, otherwise mint. Bookseller Inventory # F32F27